Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3201 1
About the guide
Boneseed is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.
Boneseed has become an aggressive invader of native bushland in Australia. Although it does not affect agriculture, it is considered a weed because of its ability to establish in areas of native vegetation ranging from mallee scrub to eucalypt dominated forests and, in particular, the coastal fringe.
Its success is due to its vigorous growth, aided by an absence of natural enemies and the ability to regenerate quickly and outcompete other species after fire.
The spread of boneseed threatens a number of significant rare or threatened species, such as the brittle greenhood orchid (Pterostylis truncata) in Victoria.
Pest Management Unit
Office of Environment and Heritage
43 Bridge St, PO Box 1967, Hurstville, NSW 2220
Tel: (02) 9585-6587
Fax: (02) 9585 6402
Mob: 0427 104 448
|Extent in Australia||Potential distribution|
|WA, QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS||Could further expand in current locations|